1. Kathy

    I found this article interesting as I suffered a few TIAs and a fairly mild stroke 6 years ago. Fortunately, I’ve mad a very good recovery and lead a normal life. Prior to the stroke I had a few incidences of fingers going numb when I was driving. Lasting only a few minutes and put it down to stress. It has left me with spasticity in my left hand, but I can drive and do everything apart from touch type with two hands! I had all the tests in hospital, but no cause was found. It was a small clot in the front right side of my brain affecting my left side. I thank my lucky stars it didn’t paralise me and hasn’t affected my walking.

    • Lucky stars indeed! It must have been not easy on you, though, while recovering. A stroke is a stroke, mild or not, it’s never easy to get back to the previous yourself. How great is to hear someone managed to recover almost fully, instead of hearing all the lost abilities after a stroke.
      And, I bet you learnt to touch-type just great with one hand-this comment is flawless 🙂
      Thank you for sharing your experience. It is impossible to predict a clot, but take care of your health as much as you can.
      All the best,

  2. Thank you for such an insight into the problem of this fatal disease or health issue. I think there is a lot of confusion about what the stroke actually is, and you explained it here perfectly. Also very nice of you, that you shared the tips on how to recognize and what to do in case someone around you has a stroke. It is very unlucky and the recovery seems to be very hard, or even impossible, that’s why we have to prevent ourselves early enough. Your advice on how to do that is awesome and will everyone remind how important is to do exercise regularly, eat healthily, and keeping low cholesterol for instance. We have to start unless is too late. Very well-written. post, thank you. Cheers.

  3. John

    I appreciate how you mentioned the different types of strokes. I had no idea that there was more than one type.

    Thanks for this timely and important article.

  4. Hi Kerryanne,

    What an absolutely awesome article. I think you have pretty much covered everything there is to know.

    I have previously been aware of the F.A.S.T. acronym, as it became well-known through a TV advert in the UK, but I have never knew of the many facts there are around stroke.

    I do feel somewhat guilty about this, as I have known a number of family friends who have suffered a stroke.

    It’s amazing to think that not just stroke, but many other conditions and diseases, may be prevented from sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise.

    It’s something that many people take for granted, or believe to be too difficult to maintain, but I guess often it can be the difference between living a full and healthy life or suffering for no real reason.

    Thanks once again for a fantastic read.

    • Thank you for your kind comment Partha. This article is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to facts about stroke, but I wanted to make it informative, but simple in the same time and I think if we all know this much it will already trigger some thinking about prevention.
      Funny, I sometimes sound as a broken record even to myself, as I keep repeating that prevention for almost anything starts with healthy nutrition and exercise… But, yes, it often does make the difference between living and suffering.
      Thank you for visiting, I like seeing you here>

  5. We saw what a stroke did to my father in law, so we are trying our utmost to live healthily. He smoked, drank, had no exercise and ran to the GP for every little pain he felt, so had loads of medications. You would guess everyone would understand that is not a healthy way to take care of yourself, but oh well, you can’t safe anyone from himself, can you. But still, you won’t wish a stroke for anyone, it’s horrible.
    Thanks for your explanation!

    • Thank you for sharing this experience Hannie, it can be a great warning to someone!
      It was my intention to put the facts in a lighter, easier to process manner, so you are more than welcome.
      I’m glad in the same time that you do follow a healthy lifestyle, so we’ll see you for a long-long time around here. 😉

  6. As a Medical Assistant (MA), I believe this to be a great article and very informative too!
    My family do not have much experience with strokes but I honestly believe in sticking with a good healthy routine and watching out for the signs in which you mentioned, using FAST!
    Thank you for such a great article!
    Keep Being AMAZING!

    • Well, this was a huge recognition of my work, thank you a lot! While I’m not a health professional, but having cared of many family members in the past and wider, I have had a chance to meet in depth with many health issues and conditions I write about.Still, I do my homework each and every time in an effort to provide the most accurate information and it is nice to hear I’m doing well.
      I hope you will never have to have a closer look into this unfortunate possibility.

  7. Ivan

    When we realize that 80% of all conditions (including stroke) could be prevented simply by living a healthier lifestyle, everything changes. It all starts with a simple decision to improve and the rest is like a snowball effect. Thanks for sharing this post. Much appreciated.

    • I like the snowball effect analogy. Unfortunately, it is also true for the opposite, for not taking action, not deciding to live a healthy lifestyle.
      Thank you Ivan!

  8. suzanne

    Hi Kerryanne, and thanks so much for this excellent article.
    I know a bit about strokes, but you have explained them in an understandable manner.
    My father-in-law had many TIA’s in his sixties, and more severe ones after that.
    Heart disease, or I guess you would call it artery disease is hereditary on my husband’s side of the family, and we’re so thankful that the doctor’s are better informed now. Our doctor stays on top of the issues my husband has had. He has 4 stents now and is doing great!
    A changed diet is truly helpful!

    • Thank you Suzanne, my intention was to simplify a bit the facts and make them more “digestive”, so my readers would actually read them through, understand what happens and why and elevate a bit the awareness of the possible negative outcomes. I’m happy if you consider it done and thank you for sharing your experience.
      Yes, the stenting is a godsent possibility, I’d say. My brother in low has two of them now and it saved his life two years ago. However, we occasionally have a hard time persuading him to stick completely to a healthy diet, even though he knows it could happen anytime again. He says it is too hard and anyway, what would the doctors do then… I know it is a joke, but still gives me a chill anytime he says it…

  9. Ceci

    Hi Kerryanne,
    Absolutely love your article – I’m a science junkie, so I found the scdience behind having a stroke pretty interesting. As I myself am trasitioning into the “senior zone”, I really wanted to know about my risks and prevention techniques. No surprise that a healthy diet and lots of exercise top the list – many seniors drift into a more sendentary lifestyle as they get older!

    • Hi Ceci, thank you! Of course, a healthy diet and physical activity are the absolute musts any time in our life, but even more so when we age. Unfortunately, many of the elderly do exactly the opposite-give up even that little mobilising they had before, not being aware that they may be throwing away a good, issue-free life away.
      Thank you for visiting. Come back when you can for more “senior zone” info.

  10. Sasha

    Hey Kerryanne,
    This was a powerhouse of an article packed with awesome & useful information that everyone MUST read. Life is short and anyone can have a stroke at any age.

    I personally know of some young people who have suffered from a stroke at a considerably early age and it has totally changed their life and their families lives as well. Had they acted sooner or got medical attention at the right time, a lot of things could have been different. So I want to re-emphasize your point of the T in FAST. Anyone who notices someone displaying symptoms of a stroke must immediately take action.

    Thank you so much for giving us all such a well-researched article on a rather important topic. As usual, I look forward to reading more from you!

    • Thank you Sasha, it is always nice to see you here!
      Unfortunately, the stroke is not picky-will take anyone it can, even young people, and sometimes even children.
      And it certainly will change many lives forever, as you sadly saw in the examples around you.
      Not many pay attention to small signs until some huge ones appear, but I believe, the more we know about this condition, the better we can prepare.
      Thank you for your comment!
      All the best,

  11. Justin

    Hi Kerryanne. Great post. My mother had the TIA “mini strokes” for many years starting much younger than 65 (in her 40s). She had a lot of the symptoms you mentioned. She is now in her 60s and I believe she has vascular dementia since she has forgotten how to do a lot of basic things. Like you mentioned, a doctor examined her and said that the blood flow has been reduced to areas of her brain. Thanks for sharing this, it gave me more insight into how the brain works and what a stroke can do to the brain.

    • I’m so sorry to read that Justin. It can happen earlier, sadly, as I said, the stroke (including the mini one, TIA) is not picky and will take anyone it can. Vascular dementia is caused by the reduced blood flow to the brain and is believed to be linked to stroke(s). It does influence the cognitive skills, so I’m afraid you might be right.
      As there is no known cure or effective treatment for it currently, you’ll need all the knowledge you can acquire to be able to help your Mom cope with it the best possible way. I wish you both all the best on this not so easy journey.
      Also, if I can be of any assistance, feel free to ask.

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